circumnutate

[ sur-kuhm-noo-teyt, -nyoo- ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈnu teɪt, -ˈnyu- /

verb (used without object), cir·cum·nu·tat·ed, cir·cum·nu·tat·ing.

(of the apex of a stem or other growing part of a plant) to bend or move around in an irregular circular or elliptical path.

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Origin of circumnutate

1875–80; circum- + nutate<Latin nūtātus, past participle of nūtāre to nod in assent, sway, totter

OTHER WORDS FROM circumnutate

cir·cum·nu·ta·tion, nouncir·cum·nu·ta·to·ry [sur-kuhm-noo-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -nyoo-], /ˌsɜr kəmˈnu təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈnyu-/, adjective
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